On the 13th of Rajab, 1434 – 24th of May, 2013, our homegrown professor Karim Manji Premji was awarded a citation by the Dar-es-salaam Jamaat for the selfless services rendered to the Jamaat and outstanding academic achievements. He was officially awarded a plaque on the 4th of Shaban 1343, Thursday 13thJune 2013.
He did his BSc First year, which is equivalent to ‘A’ levels, in Udaipur, India, and having scored 96% he was selected to join MKCG Medical College in Orissa under Tanzanian Government scholarship in 1981.
As soon as he completed Internship, he joined the then Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (University of Dar-es-Salaam) as a Resident (privately sponsored) in Pediatrics and thereafter, there was no looking back.
He joined as lecturer in March 1992 after completion of MMED in Pediatrics. He received the Commonwealth University Scholarship for fellowship in Neonatal medicine, which he pursued at the Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London. He was promoted to Senior lecturer in 1997, to Associate Professor in 2001. In the year 2003, he completed his Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health and finally to Full Professor in 2006. He maintains the record of having been granted FullProfessorship at the youngest age.
As a student he was recipient of awards and scholarships and as a researcher, he has undertaken several large scale research studies, some of which are presented in his inaugural lecture in December 2011.
He has participated in several National and International committees, of particular interest are his membership in National PMTCT committees.
He has served the University as Associate Dean Postgraduate and Research for 3 months before becoming the Deputy Registrar during the founding of MUHAS from January 2004 to October 2007 and now as the Dean, School of Medicine. Among his over 20 postgraduate mentees include Dr. R Kisenge (Head, Pediatrics), Dr.N Rusibamayila (National IMCI focal person), Dr. A. Rwebembera (NACP-PMTCT) and Dr.S Mwakyusa (CDC), Dr. N Iriya (Focal person-WHO), Dr Maduhu) National Immunization), Dr Azayo (mother and Child care) and so on.
He has over 95 publications and continues to publish, and has 3 books to his credit
Recently, he was nominated as an eminent scientist in the Tanzania Academy of sciences as a fellow.
This is an independent body of highest standing in science founded in 2005 in Tanzania. It is like The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge- a Fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Society)
Professor Karim Manji was one among other scientist such as Zul Premji, Karim Hirji and various others. It is an honorable fellowship, and calls for actions to provide scientific inputs in issues concerning the public health as well as other sciences (marine, agriculture, veterinary, medical etc) and economics, politics and social.
While rejoicing this achievement, as it is the first of its kind, from amongst Khojas, let us remember to pray for him to progress further, and have a safe and secure life.
A moment of Pride and Joy for the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheris of Dar es Salaam.
“Preventing Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and
encouraging Breast feeding is key to child
survival in Africa” K. Manji.
Prof . Mathew Luhanga ( Previous VC of UDSM and Outgoing President of Tanzania Academy of Sciences, and Prof. Esther Mwaikambo ( Previous VC of HKMU and the President of Tanz Acad of Sciences) In the background Prof. Zul Premji of MUHAS .